April 21, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - On a night that was supposed to be a showcase for the transcendent talents of two of baseball's brightest young stars - Angels center fielder Mike Trout, 22, and Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper, 21 - two old guys ruled. First baseman Albert Pujols, the 34-year-old slugger with the heavy legs, made a nifty defensive play to cut down a run in the fourth inning and got frisky on the bases in the eighth, sparking a four-run rally with, of all things, a stolen base, his first since July 7. And Raul Ibanez, the 41-year-old designated hitter who has looked every bit his age this season with the exception of a few clutch hits, delivered a two-out, pinch-hit, three-run double in the eighth to lift the Angels to a 4-2 come-from-behind victory in Nationals Park.
April 20, 2014 |
Just a few blocks from the Boston Marathon finish line, people were lined up Saturday, awaiting the arrival of a quartet of unusual healers. The foursome is part of a corps with an amazing ability to calm and comfort people deeply shaken by violence or disaster just by being themselves -- dogs. People milled around the entrance to the First Lutheran Church of Boston, which sits close to the end of the race route, the site of last year's bombings. The church remained open throughout Marathon Monday 2013.
April 15, 2014 |
It is a weekend for working around the house. My fiancee, Erin, and I have the baby's room to paint and some IKEA furniture to assemble. I roll out of bed early - 10:30 - and get into my wheelchair. Erin is already making coffee in the kitchen. "I started the first wall," she says. "I love that gray. " Erin never bugs me about sleeping late. For a few months after I was injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, I often slept 15 hours a day. The doctors said my body needed to heal.
March 30, 2014 |
Upon further review . . . Teammates were more than impressed with Kings goalie Jonathan Quick's incredible kick save on Blake Wheeler with just under a minute remaining in their 4-2 win over Winnipeg on Saturday night. Quick was on his stomach and kicked his right leg back to make the save on Wheeler, who was shooting from a sharp angle from the right corner. The view on the ice was one thing. But it looked even better when the Kings were finally able to watch the replays afterward.
March 29, 2014 |
So much ado about leggings. Blogger Charlotte Allen recently took to task the overly sensitive parents of middle schoolers who were outraged that the administration of Haven Middle School in Evanston, Ill., seemed to be banning short-shorts, leggings, yoga pants and skinny jeans on girls because they were too distracting to middle school boys. The parents contended that such an edict essentially said it was the girls' responsibility not to entice hormone-addled middle school boys.
March 27, 2014 |
A middle school in Evanston, Ill., has issued a new dress code barring girls from wearing shorts, leggings and yoga pants to school, on the grounds that the leg-displaying garments are “distracting” to boys. Well, yeah. Google “ leggings images ” or, especially, “yoga pants images ,” and you'll see exactly what I mean. Especially if you have ever been - or been around - a boy between the ages of 11 and 14, the usual age range for middle school. But judging from the reaction of the feminist media - and here's what's really surprising, some parents of the kids in question - you'd think that the school, Haven Middle School, had decided to require head-to-toe burkas.